Some residents think short term rentals ruin sense of community

Some residents think short term rentals ruin sense of community
Source: FOX 8

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The public is getting a chance to voice their concerns about short term rentals Tuesday.

Some neighbors believe the practice of renting out homes to tourists is ruining their sense of community.

It was in April of last year that a city law went into effect requiring short-term rental permits.

That permit allowed residential home owners to rent out their property on a short term basis for up to 90 days per year.

Services like Air BNB shared that data with the city to enforce that 90 day limit.

The problem is, hosts can switch over to another platform like VRBO or Homeaway and rent out even more days without fear of retaliation because their parent company 'Expedia' is not sharing that information with the city, despite administrative subpoenas for them to do so.

Expedia said they are following federal privacy laws.

Those current laws aren't even that old, but there is already talk of changing them.

The planning commission will look at ways to improve the laws and enforcement of them. They are asking for public input at their meeting Tuesday.

An area housing rights organization said the city's current approach is displacing neighbors, and are allowing the "limitless" removal of homes from the housing market.

"What is happening in New Orleans is not home sharing but the hotelization of residential housing," said Breonne Dedecker with Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative. "Our data is clear.  Our city's permissive laws have enabled and encouraged intense disruption in the housing market."

The public hearing on short term rentals is scheduled to start after The Planning Commission's regular meeting that ends at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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